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Mahler: Symphony No. 8

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>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 8 in E flat major
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Notes & Reviews:

The Eighth is Mahler's most monumental symphony, for it is itself a combination of two enormous choral cantatas; in it, Mahler brings together "Veni, creator spiritus", the old Pentecostal hymn of Hrabanus Maurus, with Goethe's Faust II. The two texts could hardly be more dissimilar, which is why the music also makes very different demands on the listener in the two respective parts. The first part of the Symphony is complete in itself; the ecstatic enthusiasm of the hymn alternates with intimate passages, then leading back to the opening hymn-like character at the end. The second part, a setting of the Faust text, is not only two-and-a-half times as long as the first but also far more complex. This is a live recording of 24 June 1970 in the Kongresssaal des Deutschen Museums in Munich.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Munich, Kongreásaal des Deutschen Museums (06/24/1970).


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>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 8 in E flat major
  • Performers: Martina Arroyo (Soprano); Franz Crass (Bass); Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau; Donald Grobe (Tenor); Eberhard Kraus (Organ); Erna Spoorenberg (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
  • Running Time: 21 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1906-1907